Written by: Emily Catterson

Posted on: 20/01/23

Feta Safe Than Sorry: The Benefits of Supplier Information Management on National Cheese Lover’s Day

What steps are you taking to ensure supplier compliance with environmental standards?

Burgers, Pastas, and if you’re a Teesside native, Parmos: what do they all have in common? Cheese! This staunch ingredient in UK cuisine is as versatile as it is beloved, and regardless of if you’re a lover or a hater, if you work in the hospitality and food production industry, cheese is your bread and butter.

It is also your responsibility, however. ESG concerns can be a major worry for businesses if standards are not upheld, with an ever-increasing number of businesses debuting environmental pledges committing to reducing their climate impact and increasing their sustainability.

Climate change greatly affects the dairy farmers who produce cheese, as shifting temperatures create uncertain futures for the farmlands upon which dairy cows depend. Sustainable farming practises are becoming less an option, and more a survival tactic for those who exist in the supply chains of industries like dairy.

As well as the pressing concern of the climate, food manufacturing and distribution features another risk – allergen and intolerance transparency. Natasha’s Law is still a major consideration for businesses looking to protect consumer confidence in their food products, and ensuring potentially reactive ingredients – like dairy – are declared by suppliers at every stage of the supply chain is just one of the ways the industry is creating action and accountability in this area.

The concern and responsibility is shared by businesses who depend on those supply chains to operate successfully, as the responsibility for ensuring that these sustainable standards are met ultimately rest with them. The task of performing due-diligence when on-boarding suppliers is no small feat, but the process can be simplified. That’s where we come in.

Trade Interchange’s ARCUS® Supplier Information Management (SIM) software offers peace of mind with its fully cloud-based system which allows suppliers to on-board themselves by completing fully configurable questionnaires. This reduces risks for your business as any suppliers who do not meet your environmental standards are quickly and easily filtered through, saving your team time and eliminating the need to re-key data.

With the integration of ARCUS® Analytics our solution becomes even more dynamic, allowing you to visualise data collated from across your supply base, making it easier than ever to make informed decisions designed to drive your business towards further sustainable success.

Our system is easy-to-use and quick to implement, and can be accessed anywhere, by anyone with a simple login. Our team is ready to answer any queries you might have, so don’t hesitate to get in touch, or if you’d like more information, please see the documents linked.